Exhibition features work by 1,500 kids

Winners with sponsors and judges

Winners with sponsors and judges

Hundreds of art lovers flocked to Marlborough Town Hall over the weekend to see an exhibition featuring a staggering 1,500 pieces of work by primary school children.

The Art at the Heart Children’s Festival worked with local primary schools and Marlborough  retailers to create a free exhibition, encouraging an exchange of visits and a creation of art based on the shop’s individual retail offering.The winners from each school, and their parents, were invited to a VIP Private View on Friday, April 1 and the art was on display to the general public at Marlborough Town Hall on Saturday, and Sunday, April 2 and 3. 


Overall winner Sophie Hodgetts

The best will be on display in participating shops, forming part of a trail to be followed by parents, art-lovers and tourists, throughout April.

Eighteen retailers are part of the trail, including Waitrose, Spec Savers, Ducklings, Acceler8, Marlborough Perfumery, Landmark, Bertie Maffoon Bikes, Oxfam Books and Music, The India Shop, Crosby and Lawrence, Cook, Leather Craft, David Dudley Jewellery,  Framemakers, Haine & Smith, The Merchants House Trust, The White Horse Bookshop and Tesco.

Art lovers check out the exhibits

Art lovers check out the exhibits

Victoria Lara, president of Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, which along with Framemakers and Wiltshire Council sponsored the event, said: “The Children’s Art Festival is an excellent idea –  it is a novel way of increasing footfall in Marlborough’s retail outlets.”Pictured: Overall winner Sophie Hodgetts,  and some of the prizewinners, judges and sponsors at Friday’s Private View.

For  more pictures from this event go to the Secret Agent Marketing Flickr site.

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